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5 Potential Solutions for Video Game Addiction in Teen Boys

5 Potential Solutions for Video Game Addiction in Teen Boys

Technology addiction remains in the baby stages of research–but as time goes on, it’s clear there’s a serious problem. Recently, the World Health Organization came out with a statement saying video game addiction can cause serious mental health complications. Drastic stories of video game addiction leading to people starving or even self-harm have been in the news; however, it doesn’t have to be that extreme to be an issue.

When video games or technology use begin to get in the way of important activities, such as family time or school, it’s time for an intervention. By making a few changes, you can help your son get ahead of this budding problem before it becomes more dangerous.

Tips for helping your son’s video game addiction

Set clear limits.

You may think this goes without saying, but you’d be surprised how many parents allow free reign of devices. A lack of limits is often one of the main enablers of video game addictions. Establishing some clear rules around technology use can vastly improve a teen’s situation.

It’s not just about establishing those rules, though–it’s also about enforcing them. No playing video games past bedtime means no playing video games past bedtime. If he breaks the rule, you have to lay down the law. Otherwise, the rules hold no value.

Involving your son in the process of forming these rules helps with enforcing them. If he was part of the process and agreed to those terms, then he’s less likely to push back when you catch him breaking them.

Watch & play with your son.

One thing that perpetuates unhealthy media use is parents not understanding or even being interested in understanding what their kid is doing. Try to make media a collaborative experience–or even a time for bonding.

Many parents don’t understand the appeal of video games, but your son is still very passionate about them. Taking the time to try and grasp why a game like Minecraft is so important to him can help make the experience much healthier.

Teach him to question what he’s seeing.

Many people move through life never questioning what they’re seeing, playing, or interacting with. Having some media-literacy skills in your son’s tool box will just help him as he grows up. The world is only going to become more technologically integrated–teaching him to think more critically about games, shows, and books early on will help him.

Show him the practical side of technology, not just the fun side.

Technology is fun–but it’s also practical. Many kids have grown up only using their devices for games, thus only seeing the entertainment technology has to offer. Opening the door for your son on the usefulness of technology can help him gain a new perspective on it.

The internet is packed full of tools to help with homework, develop new skills, and connect with the world. For example, there are games online specifically made to help you learn how to code. If your son shows interest in video games, bring up learning how to make them as a hobby. Showing your son that side of things can encourage him to journey outside of just playing video games.

Be a role model.

More parents make this mistake than you’d think. We’ve all told our kids not to do something and then done it ourselves once or twice. When you tell your son to limit his video game playing time and not look at his phone while talking to you, you need to do the same.

While you may not struggle with the video game side, keeping your time on your phone down to a minimum is wise. Otherwise, your son will just call you a hypocrite and do what he wants armed with the excuse: “Well, you do it.”

Equinox is here for your family

If you believe your son is really struggling with video game addiction, it’s critical to reach out to a professional for guidance. Seeking help is nothing to be ashamed of–it’s simply being a good parent.

Equinox RTC is a residential treatment center for teen boys, ages 14 – 18. Our students often need help with depression, anxiety, trauma, drug use, and other behavioral or emotional issues.

We strive to help students develop healthy habits and lead themselves back onto a path of success through meaningful therapy and a nurturing environment. At Equinox, teenagers work towards building accountability, respect, and a solution-oriented approach to solving their challenges.

For more information about how we help at Equinox, contact us today at (877) 279-8925